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The preference indexes of several chemically defined sugar solutions were determined for adult female Aedes aegypti. These mosquitoes not only engorged on a solution of sucrose, the preferred sugar, but also fed to repletion on unattractive test preparations when supplemented with this disaccharide. This information was utilized in the development of a simple feeding procedure for this insect which would provide sizeable numbers of engorged mosquitoes.
Present address: Division of Medical Entomology, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore 5, Maryland.